Dr. Mark Van Buskirk Creates Bright Smiles in Crown Point

Dr. Mark Van Buskirk isn’t afraid of hard work. The Hammond, IN native got a grant to attend Wabash College, where he majored in biology and competed on the school’s wrestling team. He painted houses and apartments while attending Indiana University School of Dentistry prior to his graduation in 1982. After receiving his DDS, he worked as an associate for nine years with a local dentist before taking over the practice, now Van Buskirk & Krischke DDS, LLC.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time under the hoods and behind the wheels of vintage cars, especially Ford hot rods. He is particularly proud of a 1932 Ford roadster that he took to numerous prestigious auto shows, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It was named one of the world’s most important 1932 Fords on the 75th anniversary of the iconic automobile, which is often called the “Deuce.”

Some of Dr. Van Buskirk’s favorite experiences pursuing his passion for vintage cars include:

  • Competing in a reenactment of the famous Cannonball Run from New York City to Dana Point, CA
  • Racing at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and El Mirage Dry Lakes in California
  • Participating in touring events such as the Colorado Grand and the California Mille

In addition to restoring cars, he likes to research them and find out their history. Kathy, his wife since 1991, shares his love of vintage cars. His wedding gift to her was a white MGB roadster. The couple lives on a “hobby farm” with several horses, rescued cats and dogs, and one rabbit.